Isabelline Gothic Architecture of Toledo: Church of St. John of the Kings

Iglesia de San Juan de los Reyes

The Church of St. John of the Kings (Spanish: Iglesia de San Juan de los Reyes) is a Roman Catholic church located in the city of Toledo, in Castilla-La Mancha, Spain.




Five interesting facts about the church:

  • It was built for the Fransiscans in the Isabelline Gothic style in the years of 1477–1504 according to the plans of the Spanish architect Juan Guas (1433–1496).
  • It was commissioned by King Ferdinand II of Aragon (1452–1516) and Queen Isabella I of Castile (1451–1504) in thanks for the victory at the Battle of Toro (1476) over the army of King Afonso V of Portugal (1432–1481).
  • A fire during the French invasion in 1808 destroyed the library and the original altar of the presbytery; at the end of the 19th century the building was restored by the Spanish architect Arturo Mélida (1849–1902).
  • In 1954, it was given back to the Franciscans.
  • The ribbed vaults are Mudejar, a style that was inspired by the Moors, with creative decorations on plaster and wood.


Iglesia de San Juan de los Reyes
Interior

Iglesia de San Juan de los Reyes
Main altarpiece

Iglesia de San Juan de los Reyes
Interior

Iglesia de San Juan de los Reyes
Side chapel

Iglesia de San Juan de los Reyes
Crucifix

Iglesia de San Juan de los Reyes
Interior view facing south-west

Iglesia de San Juan de los Reyes
North-east view of the church


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Iglesia de San Juan de los Reyes




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Find more information about opening times and ticket prices for visiting the church of St. John of the Kings at: http://www.toledomonumental.com/saintjohnofthekings.html

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